'Making Wireless Reliable In The West' - That's What Verizon Wireless Does

New Video Looks Behind the Scenes at Staying Ready for Earthquakes, Wildfires and Other Emergencies

Dec 15, 2010, 17:05 ET from Verizon Wireless

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Earthquakes and wildfires happen without warning. When they do, it's too late to prepare. That's why Verizon Wireless network teams work year-round to keep the company's network ready, resilient and reliable so customers can use their wireless devices when they need them most.  

In the Western United States areas prone to wildfires and earthquakes, these preparations include:

  • Earthquake- and wildfire-resilient construction of cell sites and network buildings
  • Ongoing brush removal around all cell sites
  • A fleet of emergency vehicles including mobile cell sites, signal enhancers and generators that can be deployed if needed

Verizon Wireless routinely provides wireless support to first responders, emergency personnel and customers during wildfires and other natural disasters.  The company's ongoing preparations and ability to respond quickly have proved critical in the past at these times.

See For Yourself – New Video Available

A new video, "Making Wireless Reliable In The West," highlights the company's ongoing preparations for natural disasters and includes customer and first responder comments about the importance of wireless communication during an emergency. View the video:

Verizon Wireless' Year-Round Network Focus

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.  In the West Area alone, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $11 billion.

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About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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